Man is this a stout field!
While I am hesitant to make an individual pick from among friends, my money is on one of the teams from the upper midwest.
Consider- just from the Iowa teams I know :
The father and son duo of Grills Gone Wild of Iowa and Pig Skin BBQ ( #2 in points)
Big Tz # 3 in points with a #1 in brisket
Lucky's Q - #4 at the Royal Invitational last year
Iowa's Smoky D's - always a threat.
While skill got all these teams to the final - with this tough a field - luck will sure be a factor.
No matter who wins - it will be a stellar accomplishment worthy of praise from all of us.
I am just proud of the quantity and quality of the teams from our part of the country.
Carlyle, KCBS, CBJ, Organizer ( Judge Chair)